Blogging through the holidays – and how to keep going without becoming overwhelmed.
The holiday season can naturally be more than a little overwhelming. Keeping up with a blogging schedule, can just make things more difficult, but this is such a great time to get more views, and more opportunities for growth, that you don’t want to stop now, unless you really need to! Here are a few ways to keep blogging this month, without sacrificing the things that really matter this holiday season.
Schedule posts in advance – If you haven’t already, take the first week or so of December and schedule out some posts for yourself. Even if you are only able to write out 1 a week for the rest of the month, that is still a lot more than you would have had otherwise! If you have company coming into town later in the month, try to have posts written and scheduled to post before they arrive. That way you won’t be stuck trying to blog while they are visiting, and you can just pop online for a few moments to do some promoting and chatting on your facebook page or twitter.
Look for Guest Posts – This is a great time to send a little shout-out to your fans, asking if any one would like to guest post for you during this month. Even one or two posts can help alleviate some of the stress of needing to throw something together for that day.
Re-assess Your Boundaries – We’ve talked a lot on this site about setting boundaries between family time and blogging. While you may have some great plans and rules in place for during the year, this might be a good time to see if you need to change any of your rules. With lots of extra holiday activities and children getting out of school, your blogging time might need to be shifted around a bit. Don’t worry if you need to change something, just find the time to do what you need to do, and keep your focus where it needs to be!
Keep it Simple – Keep in mind that every post does not have to be complex and lengthy. Sharing short posts with tips and ideas for the holiday season is a great way to keep quality content coming, without spending too much time pouring into your blog instead of spending time with your family.
Highlight the Best Posts – Create a few posts highlighting your best content in a certain category (like this), or the best posts you’ve seen from others (like this post)! This is a great way to get some new eyes on your older posts, or even to “share the love” with some other bloggers by showcasing their work. When sharing links from another person’s blog, remember that you may link without permission, but you cannot use another blogger’s images without their consent. There are all kinds of laws regarding images on the internet, and you don’t want to get yourself caught up in a legal battle over a Christmas post!
What is your game plan for blogging through the holidays? We’d love to hear your tips!